CAD SolidWorks Evening Course

Solidworks is one of the most widely used 3D design and manufacturing software programs used in the engineering industry. 3D design is now a big part of all engineering as it enables virtual representation of parts, alignment checking, material testing and exporting for manufacturing.

Canterbury college has a dedicated Solidworks CAD workshop and several years experience teaching how to use the software to learners between 16 and 60.

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What will I learn?

The course will include:

  • Basics of 3D virtual modelling: extrusions, rotations, threaded features
  • Some advanced 3d modelling techniques: mirroring, patterning, loft
  • Producing models for exporting to CAM: accurate dimensioning, constraining
  • Practice designing for manufacturing: design and produce parts on 3D printer
  • Tips on how to layout and produce technical drawings
  • Producing technical drawings to BS8888

This course will allow you to become familiar with the workings of Solidworks and its use in industry, and be able to show potential employers that you have a working knowledge of Solidworks and 3D printing.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a range of methods both written and practical, then on completion of all work to the required standard you will be issued with a Canterbury College Certificate of Competence.

What may it lead to?

Some students could progress to the Level 2 or Level 3 Engineering as appropriate.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade E-G (2 or 1) including - Functional Skills English and maths Entry 3 or GCSE Grade 1 or 2

Additional Information & Other Costs

The course cost is £500. For more information please email

The course will run on a Wednesday afternoon from 5.30pm-8.00pm for 20 weeks.

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Course Fees

What you pay in course fees will depend on your personal circumstances and age. To find out more, visit our Fees page. If you are aged 19 or above, you may qualify for a Advanced Learning Loan.